Saturday, 5 December 2015

Triple suicide attack leaves 30 dead on Lake Chad island

Some 30 people have been killed and 80 others injured as three suicide bombers attacked the island of Koulfoua on the Chadian side of Lake Chad, Reuters reports, citing security sources.

The attacks coincided with market day and the death toll may rise.

“Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in three different places at the weekly market on Loulou Fou, an island in Lake Chad,” sources also told AFP.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

However, the region is under a state of emergency after an attack by Boko Haram militant group killed 12 people last month.

Earlier this year, thousands of people fleeing the militant group sought refuge on the island.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 50,000 internally displaced people have arrived in the region since late July.

In November, Boko Haram and Islamic State militants were found to be responsible for over a half of terror-related killings carried out in 2014.

Based in Nigeria, but also active in Chad, Niger and Cameroon, Boko Haram still killed more people than their fellow Islamists, claiming 6,644 lives, compared to 6,073 by the other group.

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